Moroccan Woven Market Basket
WEAVING WITH PALM LEAVES AND BAMBOO IS A
CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION IN MOROCCO THAT HAS
LASTED MANY GENERATIONS. EVEN NOW THE WEAVING
IS STILL DONE THE SAME WAY AND WITH THE SAME MATERIALS.
These charming Moroccan baskets are hand woven by farming
families in small villages of the Atlas Mountains by traditional
methods passed down from generation to generation.
The Moroccan woven market basket is crafted
from leaves of the date palm (Phoenix Dactylifera),
which grows abundantly in the region. After the baskets are woven,
they are collected and brought to a more central location where
they are finished off by hand. Each basket is unique, so minor
variations in weaving and finish are to be expected and treasured.
As well as being stylish and beautiful these baskets are renowned
for being strong and hard-wearing. They are traditional work
baskets in Morocco, being used for such things as donkey panniers
and in tile factories for carrying heavy loads so don’t worry about
loading up your basket – it can carry more than you can!
Each basket takes 3 to 8 hours to weave, depending on size and style.
The palm leaves are woven into strips, which are then sewn together
and the basket is built up in “rounds”. You will find lots of uses for
your Moroccan basket – you are only limited by your
imagination and will probably wonder what you ever did without it!
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